The University of Georgia’s “Annual Survey of Journalism & Mass Communication Graduates,” which surveys J-School grads, their habits, salaries and the jobs they take, found that just one-third had read a newspaper the day before taking the survey. That’s a stunning drop from the 81 percent in 1994.
And in a clear sign of the times, three-quarters read news off the internet and many watched TV. And virtually all went on a social media website the day before taking the survey, which is a guide to how new journalists consume news. “As was true a year earlier, more than half of the 2012 graduates reported reading at least one blog the day before the survey. More than nine in 10 of the 2012 graduates reported checking at least one social network site the day before they returned the survey form.
Journalism graduates like to keep it mainstream.